Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The Close is near! But a New season is coming!

Salmon Fishing in the San Juans (Area 7) is just about to close for a short time.
The upside is that fishing reopens December 1, 2016 for Blackmouth (Chinook).
Minimum size will be 22" and they must be marked fish (clipped fin) to keep them.
Release all native fish. Please use the proper release methods.

The fishing should be good. there are signs that we have anchovies in the area right now so this should bring a lot of salmon following behind.
My brother and I were fishing for silvers (Coho) last weekend and one of the fish we caught had a large anchovy in its throat. It was a fresh unmarked anchovy so it wasn't someone else's bait and there weren't many other boats around either.

This should be a good Blackmouth season. I always get excited about Blackmouth, because I think it's the best fishing of the year. Generally, you don't have to go as far or fish as long to catch fish.

Have fun and be safe.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Humpy Mania

Once again the Humpies are plentiful. They started showing up in the San Juans early this year and they are now in the Rivers. Most fishermen are now focused on the late arriving Kings (aka Chinook) & Coho (aka Silvers).
Last Monday I was out fishing and we had lots of action on the Kings and Coho. Landed a 22# King and Lots of Coho to the boat over 10# with the largest being about 15#.
We were using green herring (size) and inline flasher at about 60' deep and fishing where the bait is on the outside of San Juan Island.
There were a few Orcas around also but we tried to avoid being where they were.
All in all we started with 24 herring and came home with 5 herring left so we had plenty of action.
Look for the Coho fishing to peak about the 10th of October but the Chinook is slowing now.